» 03/29/2012, 00.00
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Mgr Sako urges Christians "not to fear" celebrating Easter
For the archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraqi Christians are part of a "Church that suffers intensely". Lent is a time to reflect about the faith and, despite difficulties, open up to the world. The prelate cites a number of acts of solidarity that brought together Christians and Muslims. He urges the faithful to renew through the Gospel their enthusiasm in the faith.
Imams in Kirkuk send Easter greetings to Pope
Many Muslims pay their respect to the city’s bishop, talking about brotherhood between the faithful of the two religions. Mgr Sako stresses the responsibility every clergyman has to spread “good words.” Lebanese-Iraqi friendship group shares in Holy Week celebrations.
For Chaldean Patriarch, Lent is a time of "prayer and fasting" for peace and the future of Christians in Iraq
In his message to the faithful for Ash Wednesday, his Beatitude Mar Raphael I Louis Sako calls for genuine political and social "reconciliation". Addressing government leaders, he calls on them to establish "sound rules" for interaction and exchange. He finally calls for a renewed commitment to "building bridges" with "our Muslim brothers."
Baghdad patriarch: Lent prayers for peace in Iraq and Chaldean unity
Mar Raphael I Louis Sako issued a message for the start of the period of fasting and prayer that leads to Easter. In it, he calls on his "Muslim brothers and sisters" to share the fast and urges the faithful to repent and convert. Finally, he calls on his compatriots to "To love our country as we love our mother and father".
Advent in Kirkuk: young people help poor Christian and Muslim children
The response to the archbishop's initiative "really surprised everyone." Some of the money will go to the Sick Children's Hospital and people who need treatment and drugs. For Mgr Sako, bringing "Christ's joy to their hearts" at Christmas brings a message of "hope, dynamism and sharing".
Kirkuk: Christians give 320 kg in medical drugs, Mgr Sako offers his wishes for Ramadan
Together with priests and lay people, the archbishop visits a local medical facility. The medical drugs he brought will be distributed among the city’s many hospitals. The director thanks the prelate for an initiative that will “strengthen trust in our Christian brothers”. The prelate publishes a letter for the sacred month of fasting and praying. “We join you in prayer to God,” he writes, “that he may give us peace and stability.”
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